For 11 seasons, sports fans in the Northwest enjoyed watching one of the best all-around players in Major League Baseball history. In 2009-2010, fans had a chance to share with him the final days of his future Hall of Fame career. Today the Seattle Mariners announced that Ken Griffey Jr. will become the seventh member of the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame when he is inducted during a pre-game ceremony on Saturday, August 10, 2013.
Griffey was selected first overall in the June 1987 draft by the Mariners and less than two years later, at age 19, he was in center field on Opening Night in 1989. He proceeded to electrify the game of baseball in the 1990s, not just across the Northwest, but across the country. As testament to Griffeys talent and achievements, in 1999, he was one of 29 players named to the All-Century Team, a roster of the greatest players at each position in the history of MLB. At 29, he was the youngest member of the team and joined Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Cal Ripken Jr. as the only active players on the roster of greats.